In a major victory for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the nephew of Masood Azhar was eliminated in the encounter in Pulwama’s Aglar Kandi on Monday where three terrorists were gunned down.
A JeM spokesperson stated that one of the terrorists is Talha Rasheed, who was the JeM Chief’s nephew. Other two terrorists killed in the encounter are JeM’s Divisional Commander Muhammad Bhai, a non-local and Waseem, a resident of Drubgam Pulwama.
This was the same group of terrorists that had carried out an attack on a police party three days ago where a police constable lost his life.
Security forces have recovered one AK-47 rifle and an American made M4 rifle, along with other ammunition from the spot of the encounter.
One security personnel, Lance Naik Vrahma Pal Singh, was martyred in the counter-terror operations.
A joint team of Army’s 44 RR, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) cordoned off the village after inputs about the presence of terrorists there.
As security forces tightened the cordon, the hiding terrorists fired at them after which a gunfight started.
Showkat Ahmad, a civilian, was injured when protesters clashed with the security forces to disrupt the operation against the militants.
Internet services have been suspended in Pulwama district to check the spread of rumours.